Beethoven and Friends Chamber Music Group in Sacramento

Header- Linda Baron - Piano

Linda frequently performs chamber music including works for piano ensemble.  She has participated in chamber music workshops in Sacramento and the Bay area.  Linda is a longtime member of the Piano Ensemble Players, a group performing annual concerts in Sacramento.  Linda’s work as accompanist includes dance, movement, and theater performances for children and adults, as well as accompanying CSUS students in their annual recitals.  Linda has given lecture recitals for audiences of varying musical background including guest lecturing in community college music appreciation courses. Linda is conversant in multiple musical styles including classical, folk and jazz.  Although she considers the piano her primary instrument she also played and taught guitar, Appalachian lap dulcimer, and recorder.  Linda has given private lessons and taught classes for charter school students.  Her love of folk music goes back to her childhood and she was delighted to be the co-producer of her husband’s folk music show on public radio station KALW in San Francisco in the a980’s.  During that time, Linda also played backup piano for various folk musicians in concerts she and her husband produced.  Linda found the guitar and dulcimer, along with singing, particularly useful in school performances, using music to reinforce the learning of other subjects.

In addition to her regular performances with Beethoven and Friends, Linda currently sings in two choral groups; in the choir at B’nai Israel, Sacramento and another group that sings madrigals from the Renaissance era.  Linda is occasionally featured as a soprano soloist.

Linda was born in Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day without a drop of Irish blood.  She started playing a toy piano as a toddler, and her parents got her a “real” piano when they noticed Linda adding accompaniment to the melodies she was playing.  These were Linda’s first attempts at improvisation, a tool she thoroughly enjoys and continues to use in almost every aspect of music making.

Linda holds a Bachelor or Music degree from Lawrence University, Wisconsin.  At Lawrence Linda studied voice and majored in Spanish with the idea of teaching English as a second language.  She later decided to concentrate on her musical studies.  Later Linda earned a Master of Arts degree from Sacramento State University where she participated for seven years in the Festival of New American Music.